The Oil Capitals pick up 4 points against the Blizzard in a 2 game home series against OCN. The first game started with an early 1-1 tie after the first period. Virden took the 2-1 lead after the second period. Then after a bit of pushback from the Blizzard the Oil Capitals came out of the third period with a 5-2 victory over OCN.
The first period scoring kicked off when Virden’s Jack Einarson scored his sixth of the season, unassisted, at 10:26 to give the Oil Capitals a 1-0 lead. Late in the period OCN’s Darren Gisti scored his seventh of the of the season on the power play at 18:50, to tie the game at 1-1 headed into the second period.
Owen Blocker of the Oil Caps scored his fourth of the season at 12:40, and with that being the only goal of the period it gave Virden the 2-1lead headed into the third period.
Early in the third period Josh Belcher scored his tenth at 2:53 shorthanded to give Virden the 3-1 lead. At 3:42 Darren Gisti scored his second of the game on the power play to cut the Virden lead to just 3-2. Late in the period Dylan Halliday scored his eighth at 17:08 to give the Oil Capitals a 4-2 lead. At 18:56 Virden’s Colin Cook scored his first on the empty net to secure the Oil Caps victory with a final score of 5-2.
Virden’s Kyle Kozma picked up the win, stopping 24 of 26 shots for a save percentage of 92.3%. OCN’s Danick Rodrigue stopped 36 of 40 shots for a save percentage of 90.0%.
The second game kicked off with OCN leading 1-0 after the first period. After giving up to more goals the Oil Caps battled back tie the game 3-3 going into the third period. The third period saw 3 more goal by Virden that went unanswered for a final score of 6-3 for the Oil Capitals.
The first period was quiet with just Dustin Mozdzen scoring his second at 11:27 to give the Blizzard a 1-0 lead headed into the second.
Just under 2 minutes in at 1:52 Tobias Commanda-Odjick scored his third to bring the score to 2-0 for the Blizzard. At 2:08 Jaden Pashe scored his fifth, unassisted, to give OCN a huge 3-0 lead. Tanner Andrew turned the momentum n Virden’s favour scoring his fifteenth at 4:41 on the power play to make the score just 3-1 for the Blizzard. Late in the period at 19:05 on the power play Dylan Halliday scored his ninth of the season to give the Oil Caps an edge with OCN only leading 3-2. Jayden Wojciechowski scored his second at 19:45 to tie the game 3-3 headed into the third period.
At 10:03 into the third Owen Blocker scored his fifth for Virden to give the Oil Caps their first lead with the score at 4-3. Dylan Halliday scored his second of the night at 16:48 on the power play to give Virden the 5-3 lead. Kolten Kanaski scored his sixteenth on the empty net to secure the Oil Caps victory with a final score of 6-3.
Virden’s Kyle Kozma got the win after taking over from Riley Wallace. Kyle Kozma stopped all 16 shots put against him for a 100.0% save percentage. Riley Wallace stopped 11 of 14 shots for a save percentage of 78.6%. OCN’s Zack Cloutier took the loss stopping 40 of 45 shots for a save percentage of 88.9%.